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ENG101: College Writing (French)

Citation and editing

How Do I Find Relevant Sources

Tutorial - Picking Your Topic & The Research Process

Searching for Information

Web links to get you started



Use this guide to help you get started in the research process. Use the links located at  the side of this page as well as the tab tops at the top. There is also a quick search bar lcoated in the top right hand corner of the guide. You can search using the drop down menu the library catalog or the databases.

Step 1 is creating your topic or research question!

Description of Research Process

Choosing a Topic


Using the sources below can sometimes be a good place to start if you are unsure of what exactly you are going to discuss in your research paper.  For instance, for your assignment, you are looking for information about a controversial topic or complex issue.

Maybe you are thinking about the topic of college is not for everyone.

What kind of information would you need to find?   The articles shared on the homepage of this guide are a good place to start, but you will need to find other sources to create different search terms for searching in the databases.  You might start looking at Gallup News or Pew Research Center where they generate research reports and articles about many social issues.  Head to Gallup News, find the header with topics, choose Education,  There is an article titled "Half in U.S. Now Consider College Education Very Important"  -what ideas can you get from reading this?  Those ideas can become your keywords. 

This is just one example of how to use the sources below to start your thinking about your topic. 

Finding Background Information- Starting Your Search